Re: STS-99 Visibility Over Wash. DC Suburb

From: David Mullenix (djmullen@facstaff.wisc.edu)
Date: Wed Feb 16 2000 - 21:39:22 PST

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    On Wed, 16 Feb 2000 10:33:09 -0800, you wrote:
    
    >Does anyone know if STS-99 will be visible over Bethesda, MD (39.00
    >N, 77.102 W).
    >____________
    >Garvey J. Dyer
    >Bethesda, MD (USA)
    
    The easiest way to find out is to point your web browser at
     
    www.heavens-above.com 
    
    and set it up for Bethesda, MD.  You can then get visible pass
    predictions for STS-99, Mir, the International Space Station, Iridium
    flares and about a hundred other visible satellites.  It will not only
    give you times, altitudes and azimuth to look in, it will also print
    star maps showing the satellite's path across the sky.
    
    Be sure to bookmark the page after you set it up for Bethesda.
    
    I just punched in Bethesda, MD and find you have two passes coming:
    
    17 FEB   19:15 EST from the West North West 20 degrees max altitude
    18 FEB   19:01 EST from the West 15 degrees max altitude
    
    Unfortunately, 20 and 15 degree passes are pretty low.  You'll need
    clear skies and a clear horizon to see them.
    
    Dave Mullenix
    
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